CBS News says Virginia is halting reporting of results, because so many people still in line. This is an hour after polls closed there.
LOS ANGELES -- Although there is no marijuana proposition on California's ballot today, a pot activist prompted police response this afternoon, according to City News Service, a local wire agency. He was trying to gather petition signatures aimed at legalizing the drug while within 100 feet of a polling place in the Westlake neighborhood. LAPD officers made contact and told him to stay at least 100 feet away from the building, per California law.
A statewide proposition to legalize and tax marijuana failed on the 2010 ballot. Current law allows for the medicinal use of marijuana.
Hatcam 2 is at RNC Headquarters at the Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., where a lineup of country stars such as Collin Raye, Ronnie Milsap, Jason Michael Carroll, Jamie O’Neal and John Berry. RNC organizers expect between 2,500 to 3,000 guests at the watch party.
From the AP: “In Florida, hundreds of people remained in line waiting to cast ballots at some locations even as polls closed. Under state law, anyone already in line when the polls closed will be permitted to vote. Shortly before polls closed in Virginia, meanwhile, the Obama campaign sent out text messages saying that volunteers were needed "right now" to make sure that everyone who was still in line as polls closed got to vote.”
David Brooks: The exit-poll results and turnout figures seem to tilt in favor of President Obama. “If Romney is going to overcome that Democrat registration advantage, he’s got to do better than expected among independents.”
8:45 P.M. SUMMARY:
Obama has won 8 states: Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Illinois for 64 electoral votes, and is leading in 3: New Hampshire, Ohio, and Florida.
Romney has won 7 states: Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, and Oklahoma for 67 electoral votes, and is leading in 3: Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas.
U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said Romney’s tack to the right during the Republican primaries made the general-election campaign tougher.
“Mr. Romney was forced into some very tough positions in the Republican primary.” In particular, an op-ed he wrote in The New York Times, opposing the auto bailout, may haunt Romney, Durbin said: “It might’ve sounded good in the primary, but it didn’t look very good in November.”
Critical battleground states are still unsettled, Virginia, Ohio and Florida among them, with long lines in many locations after poll-close time, AP reports.
Some Florida results are looking better for Romney than expected, according to David Brooks.
ABC called Mississippi for Romney.
ABC ELECTORAL COUNT AS OF 6:50PM: Romney - 82, Obama - 78
ANALYSIS: In Massachusetts, after tonight I'll be interested to see who will be the voice of the GOP: Scott Brown, Mitt Romney, Richard Tisei, some combination, or none of the above? If the latter, look for folks to urge Charlie Baker to fill the void and make another run at governor in 2014.
As polls close in more parts of the country at 9 p.m. ET, we’ll pay special attention to the electoral college calls in Colorado, Wisconsin and Michigan.
Polls will also close at 9 p.m. ET in Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.
Arizona polls now CLOSED. Results expected to start coming in at 8pm. Stay with abc15.com for updates...
UPDATE: Obama is the projected winner in Michigan according to ABC and Fox.
UPDATE: Romney is projected winner in Kansas and Louisiana, according to ABC and CNN.
UPDATE: Obama is projected winner in New York, according to ABC and CBS.
UPDATE: AP declares Romney the winner in Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Texas.
UPDATE: AP declares Obama the winner of New York.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Celebration underway at GOP HQ as word spreads that former Charlotte Mayor Pay McCrory is elected the state's governor.
Nebraska is one of two states -- the other is Maine -- that awards electoral votes by congressional district.
Mark Shields, as Michigan was called for Obama: “I think it’s fair to say that one piece in the New York Times, a vanity piece in the New York Times, foreclosed (Romney’s) chances.”
David Brooks: “You’ve got to go from Florida to Virginia before you get to Ohio.”